BMW released the original C1 way back in 2000 and it was a bit of a flop. Pitched as a roofed motorcycle with roll bars, crumple zones and a seat belts it was claimed that the C1 was as safe to crash as a small compact car. A few countries disagreed and still made riders wear helmets, negating the whole idea resulting in BMW killing it off in 2002.
Well Beemer are having another crack at it, this time with this C1 E, a concept, zero-emission electric version they’re testing for possible inclusion in the MegaCity project. Powered by a 125V plug-in Lithium Ion battery driving a 27bhp motor the C1 E will apparently get to 80km/h (50mph) in 7 seconds with a top speed of 100km/h (62mph). Range will be around 90km (55 miles).
BMW has resurrected the C1 scooter-with-a-roof as an electrically-powered zero emissions concept. Although not planned for production in its current form the C1 E, as BMW has christened the two-wheeler, is among a brace of new vehicles the manufacturer is considering as part of its MegaCity project.